World AIDS Day 2018
Join New York community leaders, activists, artists, elected officials, and medical providers at Baruch College’s Mason Hall for the fifth annual World AIDS Day commemoration on Friday, Nov. 30, at 11 am. World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those we’ve lost, to lift up those who are living with HIV and AIDS, to raise our voices and tell our stories to break through stigma of all kinds, and to gather in solidarity in the fight for an end to New York’s AIDS epidemic by 2020. The event is co-hosted by the End AIDS NY 2020 coalition (consisting of over 60 organizations including Amida Care), the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYS Health Department.
This year’s theme is “Breaking Through Stigma,” which gives us an opportunity to raise awareness about the obstacles stigma and discrimination create for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS, especially around accessing optimal healthcare and support; to mobilize stakeholders; and to develop and share solutions through community engagement and strategic policy advocacy. As we continue to work toward ending the epidemic, it is critical for local and state government and the community to come together to ensure that all New Yorkers – regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, income, or immigration status – have equitable access to health care, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment. Compassionate, comprehensive care is a right, and New York must continue to be a global and national leader in reimagining what health care and health equity can and should be.